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Notre Dame falls just before college football playoffs as Georgia, Cincinnati claim bottom 2 spots – NBC Chicago

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a chance to advance to the college football qualifiers despite a tumultuous week but narrowly missed as the Irish finished fifth in the final playoff standings.

Notre Dame, who saw former head coach Brian Kelly leave South Bend and then hired Marcus Freeman as new head coach this week, had a silver lining on Saturday when Oklahoma State lost the championship game Big XII against Baylor but wins by Alabama, Michigan and Cincinnati locked them in the playoffs, leaving the Irish on the outside.

Alabama’s victory over Georgia propelled them to first place in the final playoff standings. They will face Cincinnati, which gave Notre Dame their only loss of the season, at the Cotton Bowl on December 31 in Dallas.

Michigan, who convincingly beat Iowa to win the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, received the No.2 seed and will face No.3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl for the other playoff semi-final. playoffs.

It is not known in which ball game the Fighting Irish will be integrated. Ohio State, which finished sixth in the playoff standings, will face champion Pac 12 Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

NBC Chicago

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